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Auditor - Solihull

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BNP Paribas Overview

BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 185,000 employees, including 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its two core activities: Retail Banking & Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB).

BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Bank is a leading European investment bank with global leadership in many of our businesses. With nearly 20,000 employees in over 45 countries, CIB can offer you an exciting and truly global career.

BNP Paribas has had a presence in the UK for nearly 150 years, and has a total workforce of over 7,500 staff. The UK sees a presence of all of the bank’s core activities, with the exception of domestic retail banking; outside CIB it still serves the Retail segment via consumer credit, insurance, asset/wealth management & real estate services and businesses.

Strong risk management, combined with the stability that comes from being part of one of the largest banking groups in the world, underpin our success. Joining us, you’ll become an integral part of a dynamic team that spans nationalities, cultures and backgrounds, drawing together people from around the globe and reflecting our commitment to international placements.

Department Overview:

The successful candidate will operate as a member of a highly qualified team of approximately 85 Auditors operating as a geographical “hub” within the Group’s wider Internal Audit function (comprising 1300 staff overall). The hiring department's remit is to provide audit and consultancy services across the UK, Paris CIB, and the ME Regions. Primary recipients of services provided by the department to which the advertised position is attached are the Businesses, Operations and Support Functions for Retail activities in the UK Region & CIB Paris (UK, CIB Paris, Ireland, Channel Islands), acting in close liaison with Senior Management and Head Office entities. The main focus is to help the organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Each auditor is assigned to a team which, whilst part of a pooled “hub” concept, has a particular focus on defined business line(s) and/or function(s). As a member of the Retail audit team, the candidate will have responsibility for undertaking audit reviews for these activities, for the most part as a member of a wider team, across all UK Retail businesses and all premises. Whilst the role is based within BNP Paribas Personal Finance (BNP Paribas’ Consumer Finance business) in Solihull, the main locations across which work will be performed will additionally comprise Swindon, Basingstoke and Cardiff. Other locations in which work may be required include Tunbridge Wells, Greater Manchester, and Bristol. The ability to be mobile between these locations is therefore essential, as is the flexibility to contribute towards audits in other Group locations on occasion.

There may also be opportunities for the candidate to participate in business and regulatory reviews within the UK Region & CIB Paris scope outside his/her core area of responsibility.

In time, it is anticipated that the candidate will also have the responsibility for managing relationships with members of local Management on behalf of the Audit Department. This will involve thorough assessment of strategy and business development, as well as the overall risks faced & associated control environment, and the information so gathered will contribute to the ongoing risk / control assessment undertaken by the audit department, thereby contributing to the audit plan.

The Internal Audit Department provides staff with an excellent grounding in all aspects of the business, and interaction with Management enables strong relationships to be built. Having performed successfully in this role, the individual will have the benefit of a broad range of career opportunities within the Group - both within Internal Audit, and wider business lines/functions; in the UK and abroad. There is a strong precedent for such progression within the team, although it should be noted that candidates would be expected to remain within Audit for a 3 year period during which time they would gain the requisite comprehensive risk/control experience to facilitate advancement.  A comprehensive training programme is in place to ensure continued professional development.

Key Responsibilities:

A standard distribution of time:

  1. Risk assessment / Audit Plan – 10%
  2. Perform audit reviews - 70%
  3. Follow up internal audit recommendations – 10%
  4. Perform or participate in control related ad-hoc projects and investigations – 10%.

Main tasks are to be performed in line with professional standards of the IIA and Group internal guidelines, and comprise the following:

  • Having a thorough mastery of audit techniques, participate in audit reviews primarily within the Retail environment operating within the UK Hub, from planning to reporting and follow up phases.
  • Deliver conclusions and recommendations supported by comprehensive and value-added written reports.
  • Manage the relationship with key members of Management within assigned functions on behalf of the Audit Department (depending on experience).
  • Participate in periodic Risk Assessment exercises
  • Contribute to quality and effectiveness within the business by providing pro-active advice supported by practical and balanced solutions to issues.

 

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Audit experience (qualified auditor/accountant) ideally with knowledge of Retail Financial Services (Consumer Finance / Equipment or Fleet leasing).
  • Ability to work autonomously without close local managerial supervision

Competencies:

Highly motivated and proactive, with the following attributes:

  • Degree level qualification
  • An auditing or accountancy qualification (ideally chartered accountancy)
  • Highly motivated and proactive, with the following attributes:
  • Commitment and drive
  • Strong ability to analyse & synthesize complex information
  • Thoroughness of approach, with the ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Ability to work both independently & within a close-knit team  as the situation requires
  • A willingness to undertake travel where necessary (mainly UK-based)
  • You must have a UK visa or work entitlement to apply for this job.

Conduct:

  • Be a role model, supporting and fostering a culture of good conduct
  • Demonstrate proactivity, transparency and accountability for identifying and managing conduct risks
  • Consider the implications of your actions on colleagues, partners and clients before making decisions, and escalate issues to your manager when unsure.

Please note that all applicants must disclose whether that they possess the right to work in the U.K. as per the Immigration, Asylum, and Nationality Act of 2006.

Primary Location: GB-ENG-SolihullJob Type: Standard / PermanentJob: PERIODIC CONTROLEducation Level: Other Degrees / Certifications / Vocational, Technical or Professional QualificationsSchedule: Full-time Behavioural competency: Ability to collaborate / Teamwork, Attention to detail / rigor, Ability to synthetize / simplify, Communication skills - oral & written, Critical thinking, Active listeningTransversal competency: Analytical Ability